Red flood warnings from the Environment Agency mean flooding is imminent and immediate action is required.

There was 10 millimetres of rain in South Warwickshire between 11pm and 5am, causing river levels to rise.

An amber flood alert was issued for the River Stour last night, but this was upgraded to a red flood warning this morning.

With more rain expected later today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday), flooding is expected to continue and this weekend’s sports schedule will be affected.

Severn Trent say they are ready to deal with the ‘inevitable’ flash flooding in South Warwickshire this weekend.

Waste Water Manager Richard Rogers said: “We’ve already got plenty of staff on the phones in our call centre and lots of teams available out and about across the region to deal with flooding issues.

“We’re also out and about keeping an eye on those areas with a high risk of flooding.

“Unfortunately, in stormy weather, the drains and sewers often have significantly more water flowing through them.

“When we get a lot of rain in one go, it has a hard time sinking into the ground; so it just runs off the surface and goes directly into drains and sewers.”

Richard told residents only to call Severn Trent on 0800 783 4444 if sewage is escaping .

“If it’s just rainwater, the flooding should subside when it stops raining, although it can take up to four hours for water to drain away, so be patient,” he said.

“If you’re concerned about flooding from drains and gullies in the road, you should call the local council.”

West Midlands Ambulance Service have also issued a warning ahead of this weekend.

Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer, Craig Cooke, said: “Stay away from flood control channels, rivers, streams and other waterways at this time. We would also advise motorists to exercise extreme caution and not attempt driving through flooded roads.

“Not heeding the many safety warnings puts lives at risk, including ambulance staff and other emergency service personnel called to provide a service in these most challenging of conditions.”

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